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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Beline refer to Argan's illnesses?
2. Who says, "Don't talk such drivel"?
3. Who does Beralde send to fetch the faculty?
4. How long does the new doctor tell Argan to remain resting in his room?
5. What does Beralde tell Argan is an answer to his prayers?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Moliere is himself extremely ill at the time of the play's premiere, in which he plays Argan himself. After collapsing on stage toward the end of the fourth performance, he goes home and dies. Discuss the irony of Moliere writing a play about an imaginary invalid when he himself is actually ill. What do you think Moliere is trying to say?
Essay Topic 2
Secrecy is a recurring device used throughout the play. Write an essay detailing how one of the characters in the play hides their true intentions or motives. Why do they keep their motives secret? Is their secrecy successful in achieving their goal?
Essay Topic 3
One of the central themes of the play is that reality and appearances are hard to tell apart. Discuss instances of this occurring in the play and what you think Moliere is trying to say through this theme.
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